Cambodia morning news for May 24

Cambodia morning news for May 24
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Environmentalist to seek court help over illegal, sewage-spewing Chinese casino (video)
Chinese owned businesses in Cambodia seem to be a law unto themself, a polluting casino ordered closed by the government in March continuing with business as usual.
— AEC News Today (video)

Election Campaign Going On Smoothly
Happening campaign for the third Election of Capital, Provincial, Municipal, District and Khan Councils is going smoothly with ensured safety and order.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Chinese push up Sihanoukville property prices
The presence of Chinese investors and tourists in Sihanoukville continued to push real estate transactions and increase prices in the city, with major construction activities underway, say property insiders.
— The Phnom Penh Post

200 endangered giant softshell turtle hatchlings to be released into Mekong River
Some 200 endangered Cantor’s giant softshell turtle hatchlings will be released into a natural habitat along the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia’s Kratie province on May 25, a conservationist group said in a press release on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

Going green / Three Cambodian companies pioneering sustainable business
Cambodia’s economy is going from strength to strength, with GDP expected to grow by 7% in 2018 and 2019.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Constitutional Council to have three new members
King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Keo Puth Rasmey as a new member of the Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC), replacing Prince Norodom Sirivudh whose tenure is due to end.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU, Cambodia should rethink their approaches to EBA
The EU and Cambodia are speaking different languages on the issue of human rights and democracy in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Investment in Sorghum Cultivation in Battambang Expanded
Japan is planning to expand its investment in sorghum cultivation for forage in Battambang province – thanks to the crop’s lucrative market.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Council for Cambodian Tourism Promotion Suggests Some Key Points to Promote Tourism Industry
The Council for Cambodian Tourism Promotion and Marketing Study will present some key points to the Royal Government in a bid to attract more tourists, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s news release.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Royal Turtle Remains Critically Endangered Despites Increased Population
The Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) known locally as Royal Turtle is one of the 25 most critically endangered turtles and tortoise species in the world and listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, Mr. Ouk Vibol, Director of Fisheries Conservation Department of Fisheries Administration (FiA) told AKP via telegram recently.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Gov’t unconcerned by Kem Sokha ‘release’ bill tabled in US Senate
The government was unconcerned by a bill put to the US Senate last week that demands the “release” of Kem Sokha, the president of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), its spokesman told The Post on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Senior officials decry bogus FB pages
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh on Wednesday distanced himself from the “Gro Angel” Facebook account that used an image of him as its profile picture and posted content critical of the government.
— The Phnom Penh Post

First Two Phases of Key River Study Done
The government has completed the first two phases of the study of the evolvement of Cambodia’s three key rivers, according to local media report.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian PM to attend 75th session of UN-ESCAP in Thailand
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will attend the 75th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand on May 27, said a foreign ministry’s statement on Thursday.

A Meeting on Security and Public Order Enforcement
Relevant authorities of Siem Reap province hold a meeting in the provincial city on May 22 on the enforcement of security and public order for the upcoming 3rd mandate of Election of Capital, Provincial, City, District and Khan Councils in the province under the auspices of its Provincial Governor H.E. Tea Seiha.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Prince Norodom Sirivudh awarded Japanese decoration
The Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan on Tuesday announced the 2019 Spring Conferment of Decorations recipients, among whom is former deputy prime minister Prince Norodom Sirivudh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Some Grey-headed Parakeets Released
Wildlife Alliance’s rangers from Chambak Patrol Station have recently saved and released 10 Grey-headed parakeets back into the wild.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

H.E. Keo Puth Rasmey Appointed Constitutional Council Member
H.E. Keo Puth Rasmey has been appointed as a member of the Constitutional Council of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Japanese Embassy To Hold 22nd Japanese Speech Contest in Cambodia
The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Department of Japanese Language, Institute of Foreign Languages, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP-IFL) are going to hold the 22nd Japanese Speech Contest in Cambodia for Japanese Language Learners.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government officials pay working visit to Cambodia
A delegation from several ministries led by Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Nguyen Quoc Cuong is paying a working visit to Cambodia from May 22-24.
— Vietnamplus

Ride Cambodia’s only funicular to visit the waterfalls of Ta Chat
Situated in a suburb of Khemarak Phoumin city is a 20m waterfall, which runs down into a huge pond filled with fish as swimmers hurtle into the water from a rope swing tied to a tree.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh police chief requests training assistance from Vietnam
Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Sar Thet has asked for Vietnamese assistance in training a new 60-strong elite “special intervention” unit tasked with protecting senior leadership, foreign delegations and the public.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mondulkiri police identify remains of missing man, rule out murder
The skeletal remains of a man were found in a forest in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district on Monday. Police have ruled out foul play.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges Royal Ploughing Ceremony, May 22.


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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